After moving into the school district a little more than a year ago, David Moore found himself buried deep inside the Reynoldsburg High School football team's depth chart at running back.
He spent all of last season on junior varsity.
"He came in kind of late for summer camp and last year we had (2013 graduate) Kumar Collins (at running back)," coach Buddy White said. "We didn't really get a good look at David."
Things have changed dramatically since that time for the 5-foot-8, 204-pound senior, who has blossomed into the go-to player in the Raiders' power running game.
Moore rushed for 111 yards and one touchdown during a 38-20 loss to New Albany in the Aug. 30 opener and nearly tripled that total in a 33-21 win Sept. 5 at Hilliard Bradley.
Moore rushed for 127 yards in the first half and went on to run for a school-record 323 yards on 34 carries against the Jaguars. He had 10 carries of 10 yards or more, including touchdowns of 26, 12, 53 and 19 yards.
It was part of an offense that finished with 471 total yards, including 418 on the ground behind the blocking of seniors Anthony Hines, Raphael Turner and Jake Grant and juniors Eric Kannable and Christian Eubanks on the offensive line, senior Elijah Camara at tight end and senior Milik Mills at fullback.
"When you're on j.v., you sit back and watch," Moore said. "I thank God for j.v. for humbling me. This is my second year here after moving from Marion, Ind. My dad's a pastor (at Independence Missionary Church of God in Christ in Columbus) and he said (we were moving to central Ohio) so that's what you do."
"Nothing surprises me about David," White said. "I've known he was a stud."
Moore and the Raiders are hoping to build on the Bradley win when they play host to Westerville North on Friday, Sept. 13.
North opened by beating Franklin Heights 48-21 on Aug. 30 to snap a 45-game losing streak. One of those losses came to Reynoldsburg 55-0 last season.
The Warriors then defeated Newark 42-35 on Sept. 6.
Raiders quarterback Jordan Aekins attempted just five passes against Bradley, completing one to senior wide receiver Demetris Givens for 53 yards, but complemented Moore by rushing for 55 yards.
Senior running back Zack Mehan lost a fumble at the Raiders' 25-yard early in the second quarter that Bradley turned into a touchdown but contributed 25 yards rushing as well.
Reynoldsburg gave up 174 yards rushing to Bradley quarterback Tommy Horn, including a 98-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, but White believes his team is moving in the right direction on defense.
Senior defensive lineman Corey Beal picked up an 11-yard sack early in the fourth quarter and later added a tackle for loss, and senior defensive back Andrew Norman had an interception.
"Our defense came together in the fourth quarter and we started making some plays," White said. "I didn't know if we were ever going to stop them."
Girls soccer team endures tough start
New girls soccer coach Tim Mathias expected his team to be challenged by its schedule during the season's first few weeks.
The Raiders were 1-4-1 overall after losing to Dublin Jerome 5-1 on Sept. 7, with their win coming 9-0 over Licking Heights on Aug. 29. They tied Hartley at 2 on Aug. 20 and lost their OCC-Ohio Division opener to Grove City 5-1 on Aug. 27.
During a 2-0 league loss to Pickerington Central on Sept. 3, Reynoldsburg's best opportunity to score came in the first half.
"We had a one-on-one with their keeper and kicked one wide, and they got both of their goals in the first half," Mathias said. "It was pretty much a battle back and forth after that."
The Raiders were 0-2 in the league before playing Gahanna on Sept. 10 and return to league play Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Pickerington North.
"We knew it was going to be a tough schedule and that the girls would have to give it their all," Mathias said. "We thought that if we came out and played we could make the scores respectable. We outshot Dublin Scioto (in a 2-1 loss Aug. 22) and scored two late goals against (Hartley)."
Among the early standouts for Reynoldsburg, according to Mathias, have been senior midfielder Katie Broehm, senior defender Kelsey Johnson and senior goalkeeper Catherine Gundelfinger.
"We're fighting," Mathias said. "We're getting there."
Boys soccer team earns league win
The boys soccer team bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Grove City on Aug. 27 in the opening night of OCC-Ohio play by beating league-foe Pickerington Central 5-3 on Sept. 3.
Reynoldsburg was 1-3-3 overall after tying Zanesville at 1 on Sept. 7.
Against Central, senior forward Antonio Nocevski scored three goals and junior forward Casey Peppers and sophomore forward Kasey Law both had one goal.
Senior midfielder Isaac Kolevski scored against Grove City.
Reynoldsburg played Gahanna on Sept. 10 and continues league play Tuesday, Sept. 17, against visiting Pickerington North.